NYPD Officer Helps Save Distraught Mom, Baby Daughter

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November 16, 2019 - 3:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An NYPD officer is being hailed as a hero for helping stop a mother from hurting herself and her young daughter on Friday.

It started Friday morning, when a family in Brooklyn called police about a woman who was threatening to kill herself and her six-month-old baby daughter.

Officer Michelle Schack spoke with the woman’s relatives and then tracked down the mother’s cell phone to the Poconos in Pennsylvania, according to CBS2.

Schack then cross-referenced the phone to the nearest gun shop and called them. The owner told Schack that the 27-year-old mother was in his store at that moment.

The shop owner delayed the mother until local police arrived and grabbed her.

Police said the child was not harmed and the mother was taken to a hospital for observation.

"Officer Schack saved 2 lives today," tweeted NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. "While investigating a missing person in crisis, she discovered the woman was in PA trying to buy a gun to harm herself & her baby. After calling gun shops, Officer Schack located them in a store. Local police are now helping both. Well done!"

Schack told reporters: “It was just pure luck that this woman had walked into that gun store and we were able to apprehend her,” she said. “This is why I got on the job, to help people.”